Yesterday Steve Jobs, one of the most influential persons of all times in tech resigned from Apple.
Many sites have launched the news and the question of what will be the future of Apple (and technology) without this guru (among them Matthew Humphries at geek.com, Tim Stevens at Engadget.com, Michael Trei at Dvice.com, Ken Mingis at Computerworld , Geeks are sexy.net, Betanews.com).
As I wrote many times, first of all the first sign of respect should be towards Steve Jobs’ health and privacy. From now own there will be no reasons to continue invading is life.
On a operational and leadership POV, Steve leaves a company solid and well ahead of other players (a study from this days says that Apple has leadership on tablet market at least for another 2 years).
This means Apple managers will have enough time to strengthen their position.
On a financial POV Apple can rely on the first (or second depends on times) value in stock market with over 320bln USD.
Overall I’m confident that Apple will continue in its market leadership and envisioning new ideas, despite the absence of Steve Jobs.
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Vlad Savos at engadget reports that Apple has just released “[...] version 4.3.2 of iOS is now available for downloadin’ and updatin’. Fixes for occasional “blank or frozen” FaceTime video and iPad 3G issues get top billing, while the obligatory security updates fill out the rest. The size of this mighty software drop? A hefty 666.2MB [...]“.
Just plug your device into iTunes and install it, but I’m still convinced that releasing a new OS version every 2 weeks is a little bit too much….
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Christopher Trout at Engadget reports an original post by Riccardo saying that “[...] This week, Olivetti announced the release of the OliPad, staking its claim to a slice of the slab pie, and repositioning itself on the enterprise PC market. Heralded (at least by Olivetti) as Italy’s first tablet, the OliPad sports a 10-inch screen, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2.2, and a 1024 x 600 display. It also features USB and HDMI ports and a 1.3 megapixel camera, but perhaps most telling is the simultaneous launch of the Application Warehouse, “a virtual storehouse of configurable and customizable software applications designed by Olivetti specifically for business and government. [...]” (full story here)
I’m Italian and proud of this. Despite the name, well abused (like was e-everything in 90s, i-everything in this years, now the claim is for pad-evereything), I love the fact that a company like Olivetti is getting back in serious business with something that is also appealing on a visual POV.
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Michael Gorman at Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/editor/michael-gorman) reports that Vodafone has launched “[...] the Webbox, [that] will bring the internet to anyone with a TV and access to 2.5G or EDGE networks. The Webbox is essentially a QWERTY keyboard — with the data hardware from a phone stuffed inside — that connects to a TV through basic RCA cables and allows for a relatively speedy internet experience by compressing data by around 90 percent. It’s dead simple to set up, as you simply plug in the RCA’s and switch on the device — an Opera Mini browser pops up on screen and allows users to start surfing the world wide web immediately. An app store, some games, and a text editor are baked into the portal, and the ability to send email and SMS messages is included is well. Vodafone is selling the device — which comes with a 2GB SD card and 100MB of data — in South Africa for 749 Rand ($102), with other markets and a two year contract plan to be added later this year. Check out the Webbox, and all its elegant simplicity, in the video after the break. [...]” (full article at http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/vodafone-announces-webbox-gives-internet-access-to-the-developi/).
I think that even if under lucrative perspective (because Vodafone is looking for profit not charity) could be a way for developing to have access to the web and hence start or accelerate a path towards knowledge and diffused culture.
What makes me think is that this countries, maybe don’t have access to primary life savings things (hospitals, medicines, food, water,… ) or economy boosters (roads, trains,…) but have full coverage for mobile phones.
It’s quite sad to think that before surviving someone thinks of a cell phone, even if it is cheap…
This post as a comment also at http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/vodafone-announces-webbox-gives-internet-access-to-the-developi/